Performing Arts Grants for Promoting Japanese Culture

Deadline: 30 October 2014
Open to: professional artists from Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Vatican City
Grant: up to 15,000 euros (but will not fund more than 50% of total costs)

Description

The Japan Foundation is accepting proposals for projects, which take place between 1 April 2015 and 30 June 2016, for touring and collaboration grants. The PAJ Europe programme comprises of the following two categories:

  • TOURING GRANT: assists the presentation of Japan related performing arts projects in which the Japanese artist is included in the tour at multiple locations in Europe, with emphasis on locations outside major capital cities where there is no regular exposure to Japanese performing arts;
  • COLLABORATION GRANT: assists the development process, working collaboratively between Japanese and European artists in order to create a new work that has the potential of being developed into a touring project in the near future, enhancing the understanding of Japanese culture when presented to European audiences.

Eligibility

In order to be eligible you need to fulfill the following requirements:

  • The purpose of the proposed project must be to present Japanese performing arts and/or to conduct Europe-Japan artistic collaborations in the field of the performing arts;
  • The proposed project must be undertaken by professional artists. Non-professional members can be included only if the objective of the project is to present performing arts of high quality and not to train or educate the members;
  • Applications can be accepted from performing arts-related organisations, such as festivals, theatres or arts promotion companies which are based in the list of eligible PAJ European countries (Albania, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the U.K., Vatican City);
  • The proposed project must take place between 1st April 2015 and 30th June 2016;
  • The proposed project must not be used for religious or political purposes;
  • Commitments to the proposed project must be secured from the venues and the artists/professionals concerned at the time of application.

Grant

The grant amount provided by PAJ Europe can vary according to each application. The maximum amount awarded to an application for the year 2014-2015 was 15,000 Euros. Grants are made on a cost-sharing basis. PAJ Europe will not fund more than 50% of the total project costs, nor will it fund overheads and/or administrative costs of the applicant organisation such as an employee’s salary.

Application

Applicants must send the following materials. Any other relevant items may also be attached. The required materials are:

  • One copy ofCompleted Application Form and Annual report of the applicant organisation for the last fiscal year;
  • Ten copies ofAny written/published materials regarding the applicant organisation such as event guides, press or publicity; Any written/published materials regarding the proposed projectBiographies of the chief officials of the applicant organisation; Information about the artists (including Japanese artists) such as biographies and press reviews; Audio-visual work sample (DVD or CD) of artists’ works relevant to the proposed project including those of the Japanese artists. Applicants may submit a link to video or sound streaming service websites such as YouTube, Vimeo or SoundCloud instead of DVD copies of audio-visual work sample. Please make sure that the URL is correct; Contracts with, and/or letters of agreement between the Japanese artists/professionals and producers/presenters who are involved in the proposed project.

Please note that before you start your application make sure you contact Junko Takekawa at [email protected] to send you the application form and advise for your project proposal.

Additional information is provided here and on the official webpage.

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